What sort of things can counselling help with?
It may be that you are struggling with a specific situation, such as bereavement, relationship difficulties, abuse or caring for a sick or disabled person.
You may be experiencing difficulties to do with, for example, anxiety, anger, food, self-esteem or sexuality.
You may feel "stuck" or have a vague sense that things are just "not right", with no obvious cause.
Whatever is troubling you, if you have the feeling that it would help to talk about it in confidence with someone unconnected to your daily life, counselling gives you that space.
What kind of results can I expect?
Initially, many people find it a relief simply to share problems that they may not have been able to talk about before. To be listened to without judgement or blame may be a new and healing experience in itself.
Over a number of sessions it is possible to gain clarity and understanding which can help you to make choices, find new ways of dealing with familiar problems, and bring a sense of purpose and meaning to your life.
How long does it take?
Inevitably, every person and every situation is unique, as are their needs and expectations, so there can be no definitive answer to this question.
Generally, I would recommend a minimum of six weekly sessions (each session lasts 50-55 minutes) to give time to establish trust and look at the issues around your presenting problem. Many people gain helpful insights within this timeframe, enabling them to make useful changes.
However, a longer term, open-ended arrangement is also possible, perhaps if you feel you need ongoing support through a difficult time, and this also enables us to look more deeply at your beliefs and behavioural patterns.